‘My people do not understand’ (Isaiah 1:3)
This is a complaint issued against us by our infinitely gracious God. So let us pay attention to it this morning:
What should we understand?
Surely, the great things the Lord has done for us. He has delivered our souls from death, our eyes from tears, and our feet from falling, that we may walk before God in the land of the living. Remember how God provides for all His creatures, even the meanest, and therefore He will certainly provide for us. Especially as the Lord is our Creator, Preserver, covenant God, and gracious Father. He is also the supreme and universal Governor; arranging, managing, and directing every event, so that no accident can happen and chance has no place… rather everything is directed by infinite wisdom and omnipresent love.
Why do we not understand?
Because our hearts are fickle, false and worldly; our minds are influenced by unbiblical notions; and we endeavour to walk by sight instead of faith.
What are the consequences of us not understanding?
Our God is dishonoured and displeased; our souls are alarmed and misled; and Satan gains an advantage over us.
Jesus, mighty to renew,
Work in me to will and do;
Stem my nature’s rapid tide,
Slay my vile self-righteous pride!
All thy power in me be shown,
Take away the heart of stone!
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘I have received information of my books being made a blessing in Scotland and other places, and have published several new tracts and small works during the past year. May the Lord make what I write a blessing, when my lips are silent in death’.